Redesigning the Hospital Birth Experience

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Birth is a very unique, intense experience that happens within a finite period of time, usually in a defined space (the labor and delivery room). Hospital births offer many opportunities for improvement from the parents’ perspective, the clinician’s perspective, and the baby’s perspective. During our class we will research, understand and offer potential solutions for managing hospital resources, improving safety and efficacy, and educating families in order to optimize medical and family-centered goals. Re-imagining post-partum care could also be considered based on needs that are uncovered through ethnography. Physical prototypes and/or scenarios can be tested and presented at CAPE’s simulation lab in order to give students a realistic environment in which to evaluate and present their ideas.